BMW to Ready Spartanburg, S.C., Plant for New X5

GREER, S.C. -- BMW Manufacturing's month-long shutdown next year will prepare the Spartanburg County plant for a future that will include a new X5 sports activity vehicle. Plant officials are remaining silent about future models, saying only that the...

It's also an expected part of BMW's quest to remain competitive and profitable, Hitt said.

"This happens in car plants all over the world," he said. "If a manufacturing plant is not constantly reinvesting in its process, that manufacturing plant is dying."